Fall is officially here and the weather is definitely showing up, so it’s time to think about your fireplace and chimney. You may think you’re ready for the first fire of the season, but a good supply of firewood and a set of fireplace tools is not enough to have a safe and warm winter. In order to have a safe and efficient chimney system this winter and throughout the year, you must have a chimney inspection–and schedule it now!
When it comes to chimney safety and efficiency, the professionals know best. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) agree that the safest and most efficient chimneys are the ones that are serviced regularly. Routine chimney sweeps and annual chimney inspections are the only way to prevent accidental fires, chimney leaks, damage, and more. Don’t leave your chimney up to chance; leave it up to the professionals. Schedule a chimney inspection today.
CSIA Inspections Explained
Level One – This standard inspection is what is scheduled every twelve months when no changes have been made to the system and the homeowner expects to use it in the same way for the foreseeable future. A level one inspection includes all the readily accessible portions of the system and a visual inspection of the exterior masonry. The technician will also check connections and appliance installation.
Level Two – This is the most common inspection and it includes everything in a level one in addition to all portions of the system that are accessible through doorways and panels, including portions in basements and attics. The level two inspection is required before the sale or transfer of a property, when a change has been made to the system, or when it has undergone some type of damage, natural disaster, or fire. A level two inspection includes a video scan of the interior of the system.
Level Three – A level three inspection is required when a hazard is detected in the chimney system and may require the removal of certain components of the system, including the crown, masonry, or even walls of the home. A level three inspection will most likely result in a repair to the system to restore it to full and proper function.
Why Schedule Now
It’s important to schedule your inspection before your first burn of the season. Not only can you get on the books during the fall rush–the busiest time of year for chimney sweeps–but you can also rest assured that your system is ready for the first fire of the season, and for the rest of the year as well.
Schedule with Black Moose and you’ll get a video scan no matter what level inspection you get! This detailed look at the interior of the chimney can help us properly diagnose even the smallest wear and tear and major damage.
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